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British Punkers Idles On Turntable At Waiting Room Records

Sarah Bennett "spins" the new Idles record at Waiting Room Records
Emily Bollinger
Sarah Bennett "spins" the new Idles record at Waiting Room Records.

The pandemic ground live music to a standstill through much of 2020, but great albums continue to be released. That includes the third studio album from the British punk outfit Idles.

To review "Ultra Mono" by the self-proclaimed "angry band," we turned to Sarah Bennett of Waiting Room Records in Uptown Normal for this edition of "What's on Your Turntable."

Bennett said “Ultra Mono” has more energy and is more concise than Idles' 2017 and 2018 studio releases. She is particularly fond of the cuts “Kill Them With Kindness” (It’s something I try to live by … to be as kind as I can and I don’t see that as a weakness), “Model Village” (It deals with classism, sexism, toxic masculinity, nationalism, and racism) and “Ne Touche Pas Moi” (Telling the live music scene to deal with inappropriate behavior that occurs at live shows).

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Jon Norton is the program director at WGLT and WCBU. He also is host of All Things Considered every weekday.
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